Our Governor! [sigh]
Li'l Andy's biggest problem... and therefore ours... is that he's never going to be half the person his father is... but then that's a problem for a lot of people!
In his State of the State message yesterday, Cuomo talked about his seven-point gun control plan, features of which included:
- Enact the toughest assault weapon ban in the nation, period!
(Ignoring for the moment that "assault" is a behavior, not an object.)
- Close the private sale loophole by requiring federal background checks.
(Ah!, the old "Gun Show Loophole" shibboleth. Li'l Andy could no more explain what that is than Carolyn McCarthy [D, NY] could identify a "barrel shroud.")
- Ban high-capacity magazines.
- Enact tougher penalties for illegal gun use, guns in school grounds and violent gangs.
(No problem with this... as long as it's genuine criminal activity that's being penalized.)
- Keep guns from people who are mentally ill.
(Fine with this, but the ACLU will likely raise hell!)
- Ban direct internet sales of ammunition in New York.
(Really? Where's the legislative finding that this is needed to address an existing problem?)
- Create a state [National Instant Criminal Background Check System] check on all ammunition purchases.
Almost all of what Cuomo proposed yesterday was Liberal posturing ultimately intended, not to save lives, but to give the Governor a higher profile for a run for national office in 2016.
It should be noted by any who can examine the seven points objectively, that none of them other than the mental health one, would have saved any lives in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
Which brings us back to the high-capacity magazine issue.
It was revealed this week that the killer, Adam Lanza, may have possessed high-capacity magazines, but he didn't use them to their fullest capacity. Responders found numbers of discarded 30-round magazines with as many as 15 rounds unfired.
(Lanza was utilizing a law enforcement technique known as "tactical reloading;" reload the firearm when you can, not when you need to.)
But none of this will mean a damned thing to those who dislike guns, and fear them in the possession of private citizens, who hate the National Rifle Association and automatically tune out anything but the call for total civilian disarmament.
So here's something to look at that will turn your bowels to water... it's a fellow from Louisiana named Jerry Miculek who's a pretty fair hand with a revolver, the same type of six-shot handgun which up until the late '80s was the standard issue to virtually every police officer and FBI Special Agent in the country.
This is Jerry at work:
Gun-grabbers, hoplophobes and pants-wetters please note: it's not a machine gun or a "deadly semi-automatic assault weapon;" it's a revolver.
Also remember that Jerry Miculek is one of the good guys.
I appreciate the skill in the video, but realistically most people can't achieve that kind of repetition without the assistance of some automation. My concern is the average (and not-so-average mentally ill person) can grab a gun that allows them to mimic what is seen in the video... without the time or respect a true gun person brings to their craft. As a gun owner and hunter, I am willing to allow additional restrictions, especially on guns that aren't used for hunting. You may see this as a NIMBY position.
The gentleman with the six-shot revolver is extraordinarily gifted and well-practiced. In my shooting prime I couldn't replicate with a semi-automatic what he does with that revolver, but the point is that it's not the gun but the person... and always has been.
I don't wish to pay any price for the actions of an unbalanced individual, particularly when that price will affect only the law-abiding rather than the criminals and the deranged that disingenuous clowns like Cuomo, Bloomberg and Biden tell you their proposals will address.
Devil's advocate: just think this through, Speir. "...but the point is that it's not the gun but the person... and always has been."
That comment approaches platitudinous proportions.
Yes, it is the person "...and always has been...," but it is the person equipped with a gun. You can't exact the same damage in the same time frame with a knife, for example. This is a problem. Homicidal persons with guns. Worse yet is homicidal persons with firearm skills and guns, as recently witnessed. (Those who have never wielded a firearm might be amazed how hard it is to shoot the broad side of a barn.)
Yet in America it's far more kids that are killed by themselves being drunk or by drunk drivers in a car. It's hard to keep this in perspective when a terrible tragedy occurs. We are instead seized by the horror of the assassination, or the multiple deaths in moments.
However, what the proponents of "no guns, period," have left out of the equation is the fact that terrorists, of domestic and foreign persuasion, will not go away, nor adhere to the laws. Great. So what are we going to respond with, pea shooters?
You're getting complacent out there, people.
If our government in Washington wants to help the most Americans survive, they should get out things like baseball steroid investigations (really) and "assault weapon (all weapons are assault weapons) legislation. Love it or hate it, the Supreme Court rendered a decision. Then Congress should get the lead out of their rears and work on strengthening the economy, not threatening to throw us back in a recession.
And while we're talking about "assault" and "killing sprees," remember the largest mass murder in the history of the country was accomplished by a man with a match and a $1 worth of gasoline.